News and Analysis (12/5/17)

“The Saudi-led coalition had hoped that Saleh’s break with the Houthis would be a turning point, isolating the rebels” but instead he has been killed as a traitor with a brutality recalling the murder of Qaddafi:

“If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948” …

… “ Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah, … President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and … King Salman, who all received phone calls from Trump, joined a mounting chorus of voices warning that unilateral U.S. steps on Jerusalem would derail a fledgling U.S.-led peace effort and unleash turmoil in the region”:

Relationships such as grandparents and cousins “will no longer provide a blanket exemption from the ban, although visa officials can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis”:

“[A]uthoritarian modernizers cannot simply command a new attitude among their citizens. Opening cinemas and relaxing gender segregation may impress Saudi youth, but a new economy requires far more”:

“[T]he British royal family is descended from Mohammed through the Arab kings of Seville, who once ruled Spain”:

“Pompeo has close ties with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who has argued that following Islamic law is ‘an impermissible act of sedition, which has to be prosecuted'”:

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